At the heart of plant productivity is the balance of carbon assimilation through photosynthetic activity. Though central metabolism is context specific and changes with conditions, we will present recent insights with isotopic tracers, metabolite measurements and metabolic flux analyses that describe the dynamics of central carbon metabolism resulting in altered balance between resource assimilation and allocation.
Popular science asserts that after the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs at the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary 66 million years ago, mammals rapidly diversified to fill newly empty ecological niches. Mammalian morphological diversification status: it's complicated.
A major goal for food and agricultural research is to increase the resiliency of agricultural systems to adapt to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Prof. Ronald will describe how genetic approaches are being used to generate the next generation of crops that will help farmers thrive in these challenging conditions.